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Panthers prime Caps in OT for franchise’s finest 10-game begin

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Eetu Luostarinen scored 1:55 into time beyond regulation to present the Panthers a 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals and Florida its finest 10-game begin to a season. 

Luostarinen’s centering cross went off a Capitals participant and into the web, shifting the Panthers to 9-0-1 with 19 factors. The workforce’s earlier finest 10-game begin was in 1996-97, with a 7-0-3 file and 17 factors.

Florida’s Aleksander Barkov scored two objectives, elevating his profession complete to 188, tied with Olli Jokinen for probably the most in franchise historical past. Aaron Ekblad had a aim and help, and Brandon Montour additionally scored for Florida.

Spencer Knight stopped 25 pictures after coming into the sport to start out the second interval. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all 13 pictures he confronted earlier than leaving after the primary interval with an upper-body damage. 

Alex Ovechkin scored his tenth aim of the season and had two assists. Connor McMichael, Tom Wilson and Daniel Sprong additionally scored for the Capitals

lya Samsonov stopped 15 of 18 pictures earlier than being changed by Vitek Vanecek within the second interval. Vanecek made 13 saves. 

McMichael scored when he grabbed a unfastened puck in entrance and tied the rating at 4-all with 13:04 left within the third interval. 

Trailing 4-1, the Caps scored two objectives within the ultimate 1:49 of the second interval. Ovechkin’s aim, a wrist shot previous Knight, made the rating 4-2. Ovechkin has 740 profession objectives. 

Wilson redirected a shot by John Carlson into the web with 16.8 left to tug the Capitals inside 4-3. 

Forward 2-1, the Panthers stretched their result in 3-1 on Montour’s aim, a shot from above the best circle that went into the highest left nook of the web at 7:16 of the second. 

Barkov discovered a unfastened puck within the crease for a power-play aim that made the rating 4-1 with 4:28 left within the second. 

Barkov put the Panthers forward 1-0 when he backhanded in a rebound of his shot at 3:07 of the primary. 

Ekblad stretched the result in 2-0 on a slap shot from above the best circle at 11:04 of the primary.

Sprong’s aim got here on a breakaway as beat Knight on the glove facet 43 seconds into the second to make the rating 2-1.

LATE ARRIVAL

Washington goalie Samsanov wasn’t on the bench because the puck dropped. Vanecek performed the primary 1:45 of the sport, dealing with no pictures, and Samsanov got here in after the primary whistle. Samsonov was ultimately changed by Vanecek within the second interval. 

SHOWDOWN SET

Florida performs host to Carolina on Saturday night time, with the Hurricanes seeking to tie the very best begin in NHL historical past at 10-0-0. The opposite groups who began a season with 10 consecutive victories had been the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres.

Florida began this season 8-0-0. “Clearly, Florida is nearly as good as they arrive. … We all know what we’re getting there. That’s going to be a tricky one,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour mentioned.

PRISKIE’S DEBUT

Florida’s Chase Priskie – a Washington draft choose – made his NHL debut for the Panthers, turning into the primary South Florida native to play for the workforce. Priskie grew up in Pembroke Pines, Florida, a couple of 15-minute drive from the place the Panthers play. His first time at a Panthers sport was when he was only a few weeks outdated; that’s how massive a fan of the workforce Priskie’s father, Jeff, was. Jeff Priskie died in 2013. “After I stroll into this rink, all I can take into consideration is my dad. I do know he can be proud,” Chase Priskie mentioned.

NOTES: The Panthers are promoting chili-cheese scorching canines — the King Canine — as a part of its endorsement take care of Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King. He’s directing all proceeds go to the Hurricanes’ offensive line, as a part of his name-image-likeness take care of the Panthers. … It had been practically two full years since Washington performed at Florida, the final sport between the groups earlier than Thursday got here on Nov. 7, 2019. … The Capitals and Panthers play thrice this season, all in November. Florida goes to Washington on Nov. 26 and Washington returns to Sunrise on Nov. 30.

UP NEXT

Capitals: Host Philadelphia on Saturday.

Panthers: Host Carolina on Saturday.

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